The Ethiopian Airlines on Monday confirmed that it had retrieved both black boxes of the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed on Sunday leaving 157 people including 32 Kenyans dead.
A black box is an electronic recording device placed in an aircraft for the purpose of facilitating investigations after aviation accidents.
In a tweet, the airline confirmed that it had retrieved flight ET302’s data recorders even as authorities continue to probe the cause of the crash.
“The Digital Flight Data Recorder (DFDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) of ET302 have been recovered,” read the tweet.
Accident Bulletin no. 6
Issued on March 11, 2019 at 01:40 PM Local Time
The Digital Flight Data Recorder(DFDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder(CVR) of ET302 have been Recovered.
— Ethiopian Airlines (@flyethiopian) March 11, 2019
On Sunday, 157 passengers and crew members of a Boeing 737 MAX airplane operated by Ethiopian Airlines were killed moments after the Nairobi-bound flight took off from Addis Ababa.
The 32 Kenyans who died during the crash have already been identified.
The 737 is the best-selling airliner in history, and the Max, the newest version of it with more fuel-efficient engines, is part of Boeing’s assault on European rival Airbus.
“Boeing is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the passengers and crew on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, a 737 MAX 8 airplane. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew on board and stand ready to support the Ethiopian Airlines team,”
“A Boeing technical team will be travelling to the crash site to provide technical assistance under the direction of the Ethiopia Accident Investigation Bureau and U.S. National Transportation Safety Board,” a statement released by the aircraft maker on Sunday reads.
— Boeing Airplanes (@BoeingAirplanes) March 10, 2019